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Friday, July 25, 2008

Project Challenge

It's not too late to take part in July's Project Challenge! This month you will find directions to make an adorable Box in a Bag.

Here is a project by Chris (who is also my mom) using some of the paper from the Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit. Great job!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Retiring Accessory List

Below is the Retired Accessory List. Items on this list are available from now until August 10 or while supplies last---whichever comes first. Stampin' Up! will update the list daily. I will then post the update here on my blog. Items in red are no longer available.

Please know that popular items will sell out quickly, so get me your order asap. I will be placing an order July 23 around 7:00 PM, if you would like to order anything. You can, of course, place an order after that time, but I am going to put one in, hopefully, before anything runs out!

Remember to check your Retiring Stamp Set Lists (found to the right under Stampin' Help Desk) and Accessory Lists for anything you want. August 10 is the absolute last day to order from this current catalog. The new catalog will begin on August 11. If you want to purchase a new catalog, the cost is $5. Clubbers will receive a free catalog.

Don't forget to check out the Selected Retiring Accessories at a 25% discount in the post below!

Updated 8/5 at 12:25 AM

Item Number

Product Description


Accents & Elements Build A Flower


Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 Accents & Elements Messenger

Acrylic Graph & Grid


Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color


Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi SOLD OUT
108644 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate SOLD OUT
103975 Card Stock Brushed Copper SOLD OUT
108694 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes* SOLD OUT
110729 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou SOLD OUT
109019 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate SOLD OUT
109016 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock SOLD OUT
109015 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi SOLD OUT
109013 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou SOLD OUT
109012 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate SOLD OUT
109010 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110749 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep* SOLD OUT
109160 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers SOLD OUT
109159 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints* SOLD OUT
109175 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst* SOLD OUT
109177 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
110696 Designer Series Paper Prints Bali Breeze
109173 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou SOLD OUT
109174 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa* SOLD OUT
109168 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava* SOLD OUT
109171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard SOLD OUT
109176 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie SOLD OUT
109164 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky SOLD OUT
109163 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise SOLD OUT
110698 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Break
110273 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Fling* SOLD OUT
110271 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Silhouettes
110272 Designer Series Paper Prints Western Sky
107299 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 Eyelets Basic SOLD OUT
100375 Eyelets Bold Brights SOLD OUT
100381 Eyelets Earth Elements SOLD OUT
107233 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 Eyelets Soft Subtles SOLD OUT
105515 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter SOLD OUT
105531 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass SOLD OUT
105532 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper SOLD OUT
101120 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 On Bard Accents
109181 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 On Board GinormousL Pieces
107306 On Board Simon LoSwer
102678 Paper Mulberry White SOLD OUT
109227 Punch Box Three For You SOLD OUT
102686 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 Pure Color Pencils
109060 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou SOLD OUT
109063 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava SOLD OUT
109061 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate SOLD OUT
109062 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky SOLD OUT
109058 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi SOLD OUT
109189 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories* SOLD OUT
110284 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 Simply Scrappin' Confetti SOLD OUT
110572 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl SOLD OUT
110587 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 Simply Sent Simple Delights SOLD OUT
109229 Simply Sent Three Thoughts SOLD OUT
106662 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad SOLD OUT
109680 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe SOLD OUT
106610 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte SOLD OUT
107468 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture SOLD OUT
111261 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 Stampin' Color Index Labels SOLD OUT
109553 Stampin' Color Index Labels (French)
106694 Stampin' Kids Markers
101399 Stipple Brushes SOLD OUT


Zig Painty

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Retirement Special

Due to low numbers, I am canceling my Retirement Celebration on the 27th.

I will be placing an order July 23 around 7:00 PM, if you would like to order anything. You can, of course, place an order after that time, but I am going to put one in on the 23rd, hopefully, before anything runs out! Place an order by the 23rd and receive an extra ticket for the raffles!

Carrie's Retirement Special
July 23 - July 31st

For each $25 you spend, your name will be entered in my Retirement Raffles. You could win one of the following:
1. a level one hostess set of your choice
2. a mixed pack of retired/retiring Designer Papers/cardstock
3. $5 gift certificate
4. $5 Stampin' Bucks (these bucks are used toward the purchase of my retired stamp sets)
5. $5 off a class of your choice

Remember to check your Retiring Stamp Set Lists and Accessory Lists for anything you want. August 10 is the absolute last day to order from this current catalog. The new catalog will begin on August 11. If you want to purchase a new catalog, the cost is $5. Clubbers will receive a free catalog.

25% off Select Retiring Accessories

Quick highjack here: the Purely Pomegranate and Blue Bayou double stitched ribbons are SOLD OUT. You can no longer order either of these items.

A little surprise before the Retiring Accessory List is revealed tomorrow! Stampin' Up! is offering 25% off the following retiring accessories. Please note that quantities are limited, so be be sure to place your order soon! Click on the picture to see a bigger view.

Don't forget that Hodgepodge Hardware is also 25% off until August 10 or while supplies last!

The rest of the retiring accessory list will be revealed tomorrow. I will post the list as soon as I can access it.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sneak Peek: Button Bouquet

Aren't these buttons adorable?! These buttons will be available in the new Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog that begins on August 11.

As shown in the picture, the assortment includes buttons in the new In Colors: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, and Riding Hood Red. It contains 30 buttons in five styles (six buttons per style). So cute!

I expect to receive my new catalogs by the first week of August, hopefully sooner! If you would like to reserve a copy, please let me know asap. I only order a few boxes at a time and would hate to run out if you need one. The Idea Book & Catalog retails for $10, but I only charge my customers $5, which is about the amount I actually pay for them. Clubbers and hostesses receive catalogs for free.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Long Notes Money Card

Not too long ago, I attended my cousin, Lindsay's wedding. I needed a card, but wanted something that would hold a check. I decided to use my Long Notes (page 167) to make a money card. You might notice that my Long Note is not the same color as the ones shown in the catalog. That's because this one is from a set we sold a while ago.

I don't have any wedding exclusive sets, so I decided to use the cake image from Year After Year. This set has many fantastic images that you will need throughout the year--a pumpkin, Christmas tree, graduation cap, heart, etc. It will be retiring in August with this catalog.

The fold for the Long Notes is on the left side, so I had to use my Hobby Blade to cut a little slot for my ribbon to go through.

People sometimes ask what kinds of things do I put on the inside of my cards. The picture belows shows the greeting I used from In My Thoughts. I used the slit punch to turn my Long Note into a money holder, so I had to put my greeting on the left side of the card.

Stamps: Year After Year, Hugs & Wishes, In My Thoughts, Whimsy jumbo wheel
Cardstock: Saffron Long note, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Whisper White
Accessories: Ticket corner punch, slit punch, Groovy Guava ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Markers (Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Cameo Coral)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hodgepodge Hardware 25% off!

From July 1 through August 10, Stampin' Up! is offering a 25% discount on our Hodgepodge Hardware sets!

Hodgepodge Hardware is the perfect product to add some fun to your projects. Each kit contains an assortment of shaped clips, label holders, ribbon charms, buckles, fasteners, and photo anchors to use on cards, scrapbook pages, and much more. With approximately 138 pieces of hardware PLUS 100 matching brads, this kit is a super value!

Item # Page # Item Description Regular Price 25% off Discount
188 Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
188 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
105515 188 Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96

This product is retiring and is only available while supplies last.

Monthly Project: Box in a Bag

Isn't this adorable! I don't know who comes up with all of this stuff, but I'm always amazed at the new projects I find after stamping for almost 4 years. This adorable bag measure 5 1/2" high and 5" wide. It's perfect for candy, small lotion bottles, etc. Don't get overwhelmed by the number of steps.

This post will kick off a new monthly feature that will be coincide with my monthly newsletters. I plan on adding a project tutorial each month. The tutorial will have pictures and directions for some type of project. I've only done one of these so far--my bow tutorial back in November or December. So, here goes:

Supplies needed:
Designer Series Paper
Coordinating Card Stock
Bone Folder
Sticky Strip
Round Tab Punch
Slit Punch
¼” circle punch
Mini Glue dots
Paper Snips
Flower punches (Boho, 5 Petal)
Accessories (buttons, brads, etc.)
Paper Cutter with scoring blade

ETA: The best way to print out the directions is to copy and paste the whole thing into a Word Document.

  1. Cut a 2 x 11" piece of cardstock.

  2. Use the Slit Punch to make scallops on the piece. If you've never done this before, it's easy. Take your slit punch and push it as far as it will go on the bottom edge of the 2x11 piece. Punch. Slide the punch down to make the next scallop being sure to overlap a tiny bit. Do this all the way down the piece of cardstock. When you're finished, pull the resulting two pieces apart.

  3. Use a paper cutter to trim 1/4" off the bottom of your scallop piece. Set aside until later.

  4. Cut a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2" piece of cardstock from the same piece.

  5. Use the Round Tab Punch and punch two tabs from your remaining cardstock.

  6. Take the 4 1/2 square piece of cardstock and score 1" along all sides.

  7. Cut up to the 1" lines on two sides of the cardstock square. Fold on all score lines.

  8. Place sticky strip on the four sides as shown.

  9. Take of the sticky strip backing and fold into box shape.

  10. Cut your Designer Series paper 5-1/2” X 11”

  11. Place strips of sticky strip on one long side and one short side of the WRONG SIDE of your DP.

  12. Remove sticky strip backing from the long side only. Place the bottom of the box along the sticky edge (starting in the middle of a box edge so the seam will be in the back of the box). You will go all along the designer paper wrapping and adhering the paper to the bottom of the box.

  13. Once you are almost to the end, pull off the backing of the remaining sticky strip from the short side. Finish adhering your bottom then adhere your side. Stick your hand on the inside of your box/bag and smooth all seams down tightly.

  14. Apply Sticky Strip to the bottom straight edge of your scallop piece from earlier.

  15. Take off the backing and line up the bottom straight edge of the scallop piece to the bottom of your box being sure to line up the left edge to the seam of the bag. Wrap the scallop piece all the way around the box.

  16. Take the two tab punches from earlier and fold or score them. Use a 1/4" handpunch to punch a whole approximately 1/8" from the fold. Apply Sticky Strip to the back sides of the punches as shown.

  17. Remove the backing of the Sticky Strip and Adhere one tab in the center of the front and back of your bag.

  18. Cut a piece of ribbon @18" and pull it through the holes and tie a bow.
  19. Decorate your bag as you wish using various brads, eyelets, buttons, etc.

Lots of little steps, but still pretty easy to make! Now, are you ready for a challenge? Each month with my tutorial you will have a chance to win a small prize from me by taking part in the Project Challenge. All you have to do is make the project (this month it's this box in a bag) using Stampin' Up! supplies and send me an email with a picture of it. Because it's the first month, I don't expect a lot of participants. So, anyone participating in the challenge will receive a set of 3 cards with envelopes. You have until July 24th to submit your entry. That gives you almost 3 weeks to get started! I will post the entries I receive by the end of the month.

Who can enter? Anyone who reads my blog! That includes my favorite downline, so get busy, ladies!